Lunch brings young and old together

Lovely gesture: Tivyasree from House of Hope feeding Ch’ng during lunch at the Penang Home for the Infirm and Aged in Jalan Masjid Negeri.

UNDERPRIVILEGED children had a chance to mix with elderly folk when they were taken on a visit to the Penang Home for the Infirm and Aged by Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (Rehda Penang).

The association’s corporate social respon- sibility initiative themed ‘Joy in Caring with Love’ saw 40 children from the House of Hope staging dances that delighted the 144 residents.

The children also served lunch at the home and fed the home’s 80 bedridden residents.

Resident Ch’ng Hock Kee, 72, said it was good to have the children interacting with the elderly folk over lunch.

One of the children, S. Tivyasree, 11, said it was a good and enjoyable experience.

Another 11-year-old, Nurul Fatihah Abdul Naser, agreed and said, “We want to come back and do more next time”.

House of Hope director Khoo Cheng See said it was appropriate for the children to learn there were others who were also in need of aid and that even they, as young as they were, could lend a helping hand.

Organising chairman David Fong said that the main reason for having the children serve the aged at lunch was to inculcate a sense of responsibility and respect for elders.

“After lunch, Rehda members will take the children on a half-day outing to Penang Hill,” he said at the home in Jalan Masjid Negeri.

Rehda Penang also gave goodie bags to the children and provided the home with some necessities.

Also present were Rehda Penang chairman Datuk Jerry Chan and Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

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